I'm a huge fan of tyw's posts. His posts might come across very complicated to some and somewhat inconclusive ("you have to figure out which xyz personally works best for you" attitude) but for me his insights are very detailed and well-thought off. So I'm going to post some his highlight posts or simply just discussion about his posts in general.
This is, I think, is the core fundamental of his approach: context context context context. Not everyone is the same and under the same circumstances (environment, genetic, sickness). There's no such thing as cookie cutter one-fits-all solution.
The roots of all our sickness
Quote:Regarding that last statement, I have to respond with another question: If metabolism generates cell intelligence, and cell intelligence allows for better metabolism, how does metabolism fail in the first place? Shouldn't this be a self-reinforcing loop?
This is why IMO, we need to take the Chinese Medicine perspective, and look at "The 4 factors of Channel injury":
(1) Physical Strain / Overuse
(2) Invasion of External Pathogens
(3) Injury (eg: actual physical trauma)
(4) Internal Organ Imbalance (in Chinese medicinal terms, imbalance between "Yin" and "Yang", which have specific meanings based on each organ)
10-06-2017, 11:42 AM
(This post was last modified: 10-06-2017, 11:53 AM by Strongbad.)
Cause of hairloss
Quote:The language used in this realm gets very esoteric though , and the treatment modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine are not very practical IMO. Neither will this post be practical in any way.
For example, good luck trying to discern exactly what herbs are needed for dealing with your specific case of hair loss based on this uncontrived, but very complicated article -- Treatment of Alopecia with Chinese Herbs
As a general rule of thumb though, when there is pathogenesis in a system, TCM always takes the perspective:
- Purge any causative pathogen
- Tonify / Strengthen any weak tissues
- Balance out the interactions between tissues
There are people here who have fixed their hair simply by eating enough and taking some Thyroid Medicine. For those people, their problem was purely wrt Tonification and Balance. That is, there was an "energy deficit" in the tissues that govern hair growth, and the balance of growth to recycling was weighted toward growth, but with insufficient resources.
SIDENOTE: we should not forget that in terms of Balancing equations, the Thyroid hormones are considered "Catabolic". In fact, all metabolic processes and metabolic stimulators should be considered strictly catabolic, whose sole purpose is to take raw metabolic materials, and break them down to allow for favourable side effects. Growth is a side effect of metabolism, and not integrated into the process.
The only reason I say this is because I have seen many cases where doctors simply go, "your Thyroid is low, I will give you medication", instead of asking, "why is thyroid down-regulated, and what do I need to balance out incoming exogenous thyroid support?"
Then there are people who fail to see any improvements in hair health despite all the tonification and balancing that they do. It is obviously the case now, that there is either a Pathogen Embedded in the tissues governing hair growth, and this pathogen is stopping hair from resuming growth, or that there is a traumatic injury to major transport systems.
This is where people need to start looking at factors which could be stressing out their hair, instead of trying to overcome the stressor through brute force tonification. Mold, excessive Heavy Metals, Horrible Work Schedule, Compounds in any Hair Care Products you use, sleep habits, etc, etc .... 9 times of 10, I see this to be a case of infection of virus, bacteria, or protozoa.
SIDENOTE: see Dr Randall Tent's videos, and specifically his lectures on skeletal defects and their significant impact on energetics.
Of course, TCM gets esoteric in terms of the organs that it claims controls hair growth ..... it will say that:
- Hair is excess of the brain
- Kidney Jing tonifies the brain, and thus the hair
And thus, any of the following can lead to hair loss:
- lack of Kidney Jing from upstream organs, either because upstream organs are weak, or there is a pathogen blocking transport
- blockage of transport of energy from Kidney to Hair => this is almost always a problem with a pathogen, or some kind of injury.
image link: The kidneys' relationship with the spleen
Another aside -- one of the doctors that I speak with is convinced that what TCM called "Spleen" actually also refers to what Western medicine calls the adrenal glands. Muscle testing certain Spleen Points also gives one a sense of adrenal health, and it is usually a case in hair loss cases that the adrenals are weak. ie: NOT ENOUGH CORTISOL at the right time. Simple salivary cortisol tests can confirm this (provided the doctor knows to look for this in the first place)
Another aside to @dd99 's point. Sexual energy is supposedly fed by Kidney Jing, and TCM will say that excessive sexual activity can deplete Kidney Jing. Honestly, I don't see this to be a big problem (sick people are often too tired for sex anyway .....)
To @BenjaminBullock 's point, honestly I view hair as an accessory item that only occurs when there is sufficient energy and coordination to grow it out. Hair is akin to peacock feathers IMO, and tends to be one of the first few systems to fail.
There's a new study that treg (regulatory immune cell) helps the hair regrow: New Hair Growth Mechanism Discovered
. In other words, tregs purpose is to "modulate" immune system, otherwise we get immune dysregulation and it attacks hair follicles preventing them to grow. That's why tregs population triples on scalp during hair regrowth phase, to protect them and tell the other t-cells not to attack them.
Spleen, is part of the lymph nodes to regulate / modulate immune system: The spleen in local and systemic regulation of immunity
Quote:The spleen is the main filter for blood-borne pathogens and antigens, as well as a key organ for iron metabolism and erythrocyte homeostasis. However, immune and hematopoietic functions have been recently unveiled for the mouse spleen, suggesting additional roles for this secondary lymphoid organ. Here we discuss the integration of the spleen in the regulation of immune responses locally and in the whole body and present the relevance of findings for our understanding of inflammatory and degenerative diseases and their treatments. We also consider whether equivalent activities in humans are known, as well as initial therapeutic attempts to target the spleen for modulating innate and adaptive immunity.
Other informations about spleen and its importance in our immune system:
THE SPLEEN AND ITS ROLE IN IMMUNE FUNCTION
10-06-2017, 01:20 PM
(This post was last modified: 10-06-2017, 01:20 PM by Wagner83.)
Did you compile anything on when and why does he think betain hcl can be helpful? I'm pretty sure I've seen him mention it a few times, and it did not seem like there are toxicity issues.
10-06-2017, 01:33 PM
(This post was last modified: 10-06-2017, 01:37 PM by Strongbad.)
I tried to compile his posts this summer but it's very time consuming to do them at once so this method is way better I think. Posting tyw's posts when I have spare time and not busy.
High dose Betaine HCL is to treat general pathogen infection. I tried it twice for recurring urinal track infection due to immune dysregulation (after purging my core pathogen infections) and it's fucking awesome. But's it's not to be done for a long term and it must be supervised by practitioner. I had to change the dosage and frequencies a few times because I couldn't handle the side effects. Tyw took a completely different dosage and frequencies and length (days) than me for his infections, his genetics and his health situations. For me, the first treatment was 3 days long and the 2nd one was 10 days long. The UTI disappeared now.
I'll post more stuff about tyw's overtime. The next one's about Betaine HCL.